Today was a contrast of sorts. In the first half of Zee Companion Ispoke all about property disputes with Nidhi Singh from NRI Legal Services.

This is an incredibly big problem particularly within the South Asian Community as a lot of people including my own parents thought when they would retire they would return to where they were born and retire their peacefully. However for many people this doesn’t happen because when they either purchase, land or even a property or inherit an estate certain “relatives” come along and claim their rights over it. Due to distance, time and also due to not wanting to create a rift many people let it go and do not pursue the matter further and those who do, because they are not there lose out on what is legally and rightfully theirs.

Nidhi said that there were a lot of things one could do to safeguard their assets abroad. Legal proceedings could be carried out, but it was important to recruit a professional and reputable lawyer who would be able to handle the situation. It may lead to a lot of soured feelings and diminished family ties. It was also important to deal with the issue at hand by making sure all family assets (even abroad) were placed into a will. Sadly word of mouth does not hold much value in this day and age, but a piece of paper does, and its important the each person who owns a property takes this seriously to avoid domestic disputes in future.

Confucius said that “music produces a kind of human pleasure which human nature cannot live without.”

Being Punjabi and being around in the 1980s and 1990s I know that in the UK there wasn’t such a huge desi music scene as there is perhaps now thanks to technology and such a universal passion for different music genres. We are able to hear music from every single continent through various modes and means. But this was not the case many years ago. We all relied on audio cassettes and I grew up listening to the Godfather of Bhangra British Punjabi singer Channi Singh, I grew up listening to his Alaap albums and to this day he is still highly respected and incredibly well loved amongst the South Asian Community.

In the second half of the show I was joined by Punjabi legend Channi Singh. He spoke about his journey with Alaap and felt the need to create the group because he wanted British Asians to stay connected to their roots.

He spoke about his experience about being the first ever British Punjabi group who performed in Pakistan. Channi said that initially they experienced a little bit of hostility but then by the end of their tour everyone was really enjoying themselves and getting into Alaap’s sound.

Channi Singh is an institution within himself and he’s responsible for supporting many Punjabi Artists over the years and he has even helped and launched his daughter Mona, who did incredibly well in the British Asian scene. He’s been part of many Bollywood films and even said that both he and his daughter Mona has a lot more music coming out next year.

So it’s fair to say, time may pass, but Channi Singh, the Godfather of Bhangra is still without a doubt here to stay.